Days after video went viral of security officers at Chicago O'Hare International Airport violently dragging a passenger off of an overbooked United flight, Port Authority Police Officers pledged never to forcefully remove a passenger from an overbooked flight in New York or New Jersey.
The PAPD guidelines were distributed during roll call this week, according to the Port Authority.
"PAPD will not assist in the physical removal of the passenger from the flight to accommodate the airline's request," said PAPD Supt. Michael Fedorko in a policy statement. "If/when an airline representative calls your respective command for such assistance, the Tour Commander or Commanding Officer will inform the airline this is an internal, non-law enforcement related matter and the PAPD will not respond to this type of request."
Port Authority Police monitor Newark, JFK, and LaGuardia airports. These orders reiterate existing protocol, the NY Post reports.
Video from the United Flight shows two security officers grab a screaming Dr. David Dao out of his seat, and pulling him by the arms down the plane isle. His glasses appear to be broken, and a woman is heard shouting, "My God, what are you doing? Oh my God, look at what you did to him!"
A spokesperson for the airline later stated that a passenger was taken off of Flight 3411 from Chicago to Louisville because it was overbooked. Dao, who had been randomly selected, refused to comply. "After our team looked for volunteers, one customer refused to leave the aircraft voluntarily and law enforcement was asked to come to the gate," they told the Courier-Journal.
United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz issued an apology statement this week, pledging to conduct an internal review of policy and personally contact Dao.
Dao reportedly lost two front teeth, and sustained a concussion during the incident.
"There hasn't been an incident in memory here like the one in Chicago, but the Port Authority felt it important to reiterate the Port Authority's stand on the matter," a Port Authority spokesman told the NY Post.
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